Spain: University of Oviedo

This Rollins Approved study abroad and exchange program allows students to study Spanish language, culture and other subjects at the University of Oviedo.

Experience Spain

To learn more about the culture of Spain, the Rollins Resident Director in Oviedo takes students on weekly activities and excursions throughout Asturias!

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Overview

Through this exciting exchange program, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture at the University of Oviedo. The program offers a wide range of courses in Spanish, courses in English during the spring semester, the opportunity to live in a local homestay, and various excursions and activities in and around Oviedo. The amazing landscape also allows students to both ski and surf! Oviedo is a great fit for students studying Spanish, History, Sociology, International Relations, PolySci, CMCS, Business and INB, Economics, Anthropology, Computer Science and Math, and much more. Please Note; course offerings between semesters can vary widely, so please carefully explore which courses are available during the semester in which you plan to participate.

* If you plan to participate in two approved semester programs abroad, you can apply your full Rollins financial aid package to both programs as long as one of them is an exchange program. This qualifies as an exchange program so will allow you to carry your full aid package on this program and any other approved semester program of your choosing – whether that program is an exchange or not. 

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • A minimum of two semesters of Spanish or the equivalent

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Incoming Exchange Students

The coordinator for incoming exchange students is Jenifer Ruby, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. For information about application and advising for incoming exchange students, please visit the website for International Student & Scholar Services. You may also contact Ms. Ruby for more details.

Program Calendar

Spring 2017

  • 8 Jan: All Students Arrive in the Morning
  • 10 Jan: Courses Start for CEPE Students
  • 19 May: Courses End for CEPE Students
  • 23 Jan: Courses Start for Direct Enroll Students
  • 26 May: Courses End for Direct Enroll Students
  • CBCE: Times and dates for the CBCE courses are not set until students' schedules for CEPE or Direct Enroll have been finalized

Fall 2017

  • 2 Sept: Students Arrive in the Morning
  • 2 - 3 Sept: Orientation
  • 4 - 28 Sept: Spanish Classes @ CBCE
  • 2 Oct. - 15 Dec: Classes at Casa de las Lenguas (CEPE)
  • 16 Dec: Official End Date of Program

Getting There

Orientation & Flight

Orientation will take place shortly after arriving in Oviedo.  You will be responsible for booking your own flight. We recommend flying into Oviedo directly. The Resident Director will meet you at the Oviedo airport.

Visa

US citizens will need to apply for a student visa, specifically a National Spanish visa. Students must apply in person at the appropriate Spanish consulate. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

University of Oviedo

Now a major university boasting more than 44,000 students enrolled in 35 departments, the University of Oviedo was founded in 1574 and opened its doors in 1608 to 100 students. Classes are taught by specialized Ph.D. lecturers from the University of Oviedo. Oviedo is the capital of Asturias, one of the 17 self-governing communities constitutionally forming the Kingdom of Spain, and the political, administrative, cultural and commercial center of the region. The Rollins program Faculty Director is Dr. Francisco Borge and the Rollins Resident Director is Ana Bugallo.

Courses

All students must take at least two courses taught in Spanish - these can include language instruction and/or content courses. Students on this program typically receive 18 - 24 credits for the semester, depending on specific courses selected.

CBCE Language School
All students will take a Spanish immersion courses at the CBCE language school in Oviedo. Fall semester students enroll in a one-month, 4-credit, Pass/Fail course that starts and ends before the Univ. of Oviedo courses begin. However, spring semester students enroll in a 2-credit, Pass/Fail course that meets for 2 hours each week across the semester.

University of Oviedo (two separate, but related programs)
> One program is held at the Casa de las Lenguas; a program within the University specifically for international students. The courses available at la Casa are listed here. These courses are taught in Spanish - in relation to your language competency.

> The other program consists of courses taught through the University itself, where you'll enroll directly into classes with local students. Those courses are listed here. Some courses are taught in English, others in Spanish.

Important to Note

  • Please keep in mind that some courses at the University (with local students) are taught in English, others in Spanish. In order to take courses in Spanish you'll need to test into the appropriate language level. So there are no guarantees that you can place into the course of your choosing. Please make sure you have several back up courses just in case (either in la Casa or courses at the Univ. that are taught in English).
  • You are allowed to take courses in both programs, you do NOT have to choose between them.
  • During the Fall semester, exams for courses in la Casa will be finished while you're in Spain. Whereas final exams for courses at the Univ. will be taken back at Rollins, after you return from the program. The Univ. courses do not have their finals until mid-Jan, so you'll need to take them in the library here on campus at that time.
  • During the Spring semester, exams for both programs will be finished before you leave Spain.
  • All courses in both programs will transfer back as 4 Rollins credits.
  • Rollins students majoring in Spanish can apply up to 3 of their courses in Oviedo towards their major.
  • Rollins students minoring in Spanish can apply up to 2 of their courses in Oviedo (effectively any of the 300-level courses taught in Spanish) towards their minor.

Exchange

The number of exchange places available on this program depends on how many students Oviedo sends to Rollins and the number of available exchange places changes year to year.  Exchange places are not guaranteed and interested students should visit IP for advising.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. Most courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. The only exception are the courses taken at CBCE: OVD 311/OVD 411 which will appear on the Rollins transcript as Rollins pass/fail courses. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from University of Oviedo. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing and Meals

Living with Spanish hosts during the term is an integral part of the program; it gives students an inside perspective on Spanish society not available in a dorm room. Students complete a housing questionnaire as part of their application, and after acceptance are carefully matched with families or single adults who are eager to welcome students into their homes.  The host provides a room, three meals per day, laundry service, and all linens and towels.

Student Life

Activities

An added benefit of the program are the co-curricular activities.  The conversation partner program pairs U.S. students with Spanish conversation partners and is a great way to meet local students.  By means of the MENTOR Program, foreign students can take advantage of the help of a Spanish student to settle into university life. The host student will give advice on accommodation, campus life and other practical matters.  The University of Oviedo also offers many activities for visiting students, including a full week of cultural activities in place of classes.  During this week, students sign up for lessons on topics like dance and cooking, and are also involved in a variety of events like movie screenings and showcases.  The Rollins Resident Director takes the students out to lunch weekly and provides unique insights into life in Oviedo and Asturias.

Field Trips and Excursions

The Rollins Resident Director organizes and leads a rich program of excursions in the region of Asturias.  Students consider these excursions a highlight of the program, particularly since they expose students to parts of Spain they would not otherwise visit.  In addition, the University of Oviedo offers visits to the most interesting places of the city and its surroundings, excursions to the seaside and mountains, as well as to the prehistoric and historic monuments of the region.  In these excursions, lecturers and university students guide foreign students. 

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, orientation, all meals, laundry, complete medical and emergency insurance, and cultural activities and excursions.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,300 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $160 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: $1,200 - $2,000 (estimate)
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.